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Bordeaux Dopamine Symposium

Le 24 janvier 2014

François Georges , what are the objectives of this symposium ?

A key feature of human and animal behavior is to learn new sensory informations and adjust behavior to maximize reward and minimize aversive consequences. These basic functions are in part sustained by ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons and may be altered in neuro-psychiatric disorders (anxiety, addiction…). The main objective of this symposium is to explore sources of inhibitory, excitatory and modulatory (i.e. endocannabinnoids) drives onto dopaminergic neurons, and discuss the network and cellular mechanisms that are important for the behavioral consequences of dopamine cell activity. The science discussed will be interdisciplinary, with a particular emphasis on in vivo approaches, encompassing behavioral paradigms for natural reward and addiction and electrophysiology. Questions regarding synaptic connectivity and neuromodulation will be  addressed using light and electron microscopic immunocytochemical and tract-tracing methods. In conclusion, this symposium will present an advanced state of art of molecular, morphological, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques in the field of dopamine neurons physiology.  We are certain that the excellent scientific content and the fact  that no pre-inscriptions are needed will encourage students to attend and we look foward to welcoming you on Friday 24th of January.